"Double Blind," this week's Lie To Me addresses some of the fallout from Lightman's decision last week to allow his feelings for Wallowsky to influence his professionalism and to force Gillian to compromise her own ethics in order to support him. I'm glad the writers don't intend to drop the implications and I enjoyed the games within games that drive this episode. Guest star Tricia Helfer is excellent. However, the actual plot was a little too close in tone and subject matter to last week's for comfort.
There's only so much flirty Cal disrupting cases we should see at a time, before it—and he—become a bit irritating. Roth's Lightman is already a character pushing at the edges. The payoff for this type of unique character is huge, as audiences tend to embrace eccentricity. But Lightman has to remain relatable as well, and I wouldn't want to see him go any further along this path of getting involved with shady women who compromise his skills, his integrity and his other relationships. Not only does it make me question Cal's abilities, it makes me question why Gillian allows him to behave with her as he does.
Despite these misgivings, the episode is still strong. The central premise, very similar to last week's, is laid out by Gillian when she says to Cal, "Never mind. I see you're busy . . . with her legs. Or with the case." There are two layers to Foster's irritation: one is Cal's focus on a pretty woman and the other is she can't tell whether that focus is professional, personal or a mix of the two. The tension between the two partners shows Gillian still has not forgiven Cal for pushing her to lie to save his girlfriend and is watching him with a jaundiced eye.
Cal appears to need that watchful eye as he tries to figure out where the attractive woman, Naomi, fits into a botched art heist at the museum which hired Torres to vet the staff to prevent such a robbery. Torres is reeling from her failure to detect any liars on the staff and there are some nice moments with her boss, as he teaches her how to handle disgruntled feelings from her clients and from within. His advice, besides accepting everyone makes mistakes, is to become a poisonous butterfly and make anyone who bites her regret it.